5 Stars, Fairy Tale/Mythology/Folk Lore, L.M. Brown, Pride Publishing, Reviewed by Angel, Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Urban Fantasy

Review: Tempestuous Tides by L.M. Brown

Title: Tempestuous Tides (Mermen and Magic: Book Two)

Author: L.M. Brown

Publisher: Pride Publishing

Pages/Word Count: 270 Pages

At a Glance: An engaging sequel that furthers and enhances the amazing world L.M. Brown has created.

Reviewed By: Angel

Blurb: Bound by a curse, two mermen find the greatest love of their lives, but can they keep it?

Justin is a merman who has been raised on land. He hates his fins and wants nothing to do with his heritage.

Lucas is an ambitious merman who has lived his whole life in Atlantis. He has spent his adulthood hiding his sexuality because homosexual relationships are forbidden in the underwater city. Now he has been sent on a mission by King Nereus to locate his oldest son and bring him back to Atlantis to take his place as the heir to the throne.

Although his mission seems impossible, Lucas finds help from the Atlantean Goddess of Love, little knowing that she has her own reasons for bringing Lucas and Justin together.

Justin is no stranger to immortals, having been raised by two of them, but he has no idea of the consequences of angering the Goddess of Love. When he insults her, she curses him to find love only to lose it forever shortly after. As the love ‘em and leave ‘em type, Justin isn’t overly concerned, at least until Lucas enters his life and he sees how the curse will end.

Together they could have the greatest love of their lives, but only if they can appease the furious goddess before their time runs out.

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Review: I have read L.M. Brown before, and I really enjoyed the worlds created and the author’s writing style. Tempestuous Tides is another book that follows the same pattern.

Tempestuous Tides isn’t a standalone story, as this book picks up soon after the first one, Forbidden Waters. I loved this sequel that furthered the original story and introduced wonderful and new characters. Once I began, I was immediately sucked back into this underwater world of gods and mortals, and read it straight on through. Hopefully, this review will entice you to try this series without overly spoiling the fantastically created and wonderful details of the series.

Tempestuous Tides returns to the world of Atlantis and its mer citizens. There are ancient gods and goddesses at work here in Brown’s world, reminiscent of the legends of the Greek gods and the Fae. The rules of the Atlantean world and modern society mix with the tropes of the shifter genre with an interesting outcome. I really loved how Brown weaves the legends of our world into the society that she has created.

The story is rich with details about both mortal and mer society, and I couldn’t wait to read about the citizens of this verse again. I was thrilled that Brown had several return characters play a part in this new story. It was wonderful to see how they had progressed, but the story is completely about Lucas and Justin.

While book one set the stage and background of the mer society, book two is more about how the mer people continue on when they are slowly dying out. Mortals are encroaching on the oceans, even though Atlantis is hidden, and there are the other inherent dangers of the oceans. Ancient rules and laws are stifling the society, and there is dissension in the ranks of the people because nothing is changing.

The King sees this and begins to make changes, but he needs his heir to continue on. An heir that possibly doesn’t even know he is royal. Lucas is appointed to find the King’s heir with only select knowledge about where he is going to attempt his mission.

Justin knows he’s mer, and wants nothing to do with the society he believes abandoned him and his mother. Enter Lucas, and all sorts of sparks fly, changing both men to a surprising degree.

Lucas and Justin’s story is similar to the old tales where the Fae or Greek gods interfered in mortal lives for entertainment. Ultimately, this book and verse is about acceptance, tolerance and compromise. There’s give and take in both worlds, and the old gods are waking, and no one is pleased about it; mortals or immortals.

The happy ending is hard fought for and won, and I loved how things worked out for Justin and Lucas. There is still the undercurrent of the society falling apart, but things are changing. Whether it is for the good or bad remains to be seen. I hope that Brown continues this verse, as I am eagerly looking forward to finding out how the mortals and immortals work things out.

Thank you, L. M. Brown, for another fantastic read!

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5 Stars, L.M. Brown, Reviewed by Lisa, Short Story, Small Gems, Totally Bound

Review: One Perfect Wish by L.M. Brown

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Title: One Perfect Wish

Author: L.M. Brown

Publisher: Totally Bound Publishing

Pages/Word Count: 61 Pages

At a Glance: Brown threw in just the right twist to elevate this tale from another insta-love story to something so much more.

Reviewed By: Lisa

Blurb: Playing the part of another man’s husband to fulfill a wish is easy, but what happens at midnight when the magical day is over?

Scott Baxter is a workaholic with no time for love, until a djinn pulls him out of his life and deposits him into the bed of Cameron Kirk. Cut off from his life, Scott isn’t happy about the idea of being forced to help the djinn grant an unspecified wish, but he soon finds he has no real choice in the matter. The djinn, who has turned his life upside down, has powers that prevent Scott from leaving and ensure he does nothing to ruin Cameron’s day with his ‘husband’.

Reluctant at first, Scott finds that as the day progresses he starts to enjoy playing the role of Cameron’s husband. He connects with his unexpected lover in a way he never has with other men.

Scott searches for clues to help him track down Cameron after the day is over and he returns to his own life. He doesn’t want the day to end, but the wish is out of his control and when the magic is finished, his time with Cameron may be over too.

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Review: Talk about unexpected surprises! L.M. Brown’s One Perfect Wish is an absolutely delightful fairy tale of a story. While this novella is on the short side, nothing feels sacrificed in its limited word count. The characters are well fleshed out within the limits of the storyline, and the chemistry is so evident between Scott and Cameron that in its sixty-one pages, it’s impossible not to feel as if you’ve been given all the romance and heartbreak you can bear before the author weaves her magic to bring the story to a sweet and satisfying finish.

The story’s blurb details everything you need to know about the two men and the circumstances that bring them together, so I won’t bother rehashing it all here. Suffice it to say the author’s storytelling style is as enchanting and breathtaking as a first kiss, every bit as magical as first love, and as hope-filled as a second chance to make a dream come true. I loved that just when One Perfect Wish seemed as though it would be a fun but not particularly extraordinary read, Brown threw in just the right twist to elevate this tale from another insta-love story to something so much more.

When you’re in the mood for a quick read filled with a passion that will warm your heart and make you believe in destiny and true love, I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend One Perfect Wish to satisfy that mood.






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4 Stars, Breathless Press, L.M. Brown, Paranormal Romance, Reviewed by Angel

Review: Touch of a Ghost by L.M. Brown

Title: Touch of a Ghost

Author: L.M. Brown

Publisher: Breathless Press

Pages/Word Count: 74 Pages

At a Glance: Overall, a bit angsty as well as bittersweet

Blurb: What if you could only touch your lover one night of the year? Halloween night is all you have when in a relationship with a ghost.

Drew Jessop wants a life without ghosts. He doesn’t want to see, hear, or talk to them. Ignoring them should be relatively simple. But Drew soon finds that Benji Richards, an eternally gorgeous ghost from the fifties, is not so easy to ignore.

Halloween night is approaching and both Drew and Benji know what it could mean for them. From sunset to sunrise, it is the one night of the year when a mortal can feel the touch of a ghost.

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Review: The blurb from this book had me a bit worried, but intrigued as well. I don’t really like to read serials or find unhappy endings in my stories, but that wasn’t the case here. I really enjoyed the concept behind this piece because I hadn’t ever read anything like it before. Being able to see ghosts has long been a topic of interest, and the concept has been used for several books and television shows, so there are some rules you see used over and over in the genre, and I am always surprised when someone comes up with something new. It keeps clichés new and exciting in my opinion.

I liked that while Drew could see and hear the ghosts, he couldn’t really touch them. Nor could they physically return touch. The ghosts could, however, interact with other objects and reality, and that was interesting for me. On Halloween, though, our couple’s dreams came true, and it appeared to have side benefits for the lovers as well. The reasons why were sort of hand-waved away, but it was nothing that tore me out of the story.

Overall, a bit angsty as well as bittersweet, with the lovers only being able to physically connect on one day a year, but the fact that they could talk and somewhat interact made up for it. I really liked the bit of reality that was injected when Drew’s parents stepped in to weigh their opinions on his relationship. Object lesson here is that there is more than sex to a relationship, especially between the human and the ghost. And it is a lesson they both learn after Drew almost dies. The result of his near death experience gives the couple a happy side benefit that really sweetened this little story.

Like all the other authors I’ve chosen to review, and just like some of the others I’ve read, I think I’ll look for more works by L.M. Brown in the future.






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